Sometimes a launch goes swimmingly. Then there are launches like yesterday's of Mass Effect 2.
I know when I buy a new MMORPG and I log in on launch day there are going to be issues. I expect it, and steel myself for whatever frustrations may come.
Stand alone games "should" work, right?
After picking up my copy of the Collector's Edition of Mass Effect 2 yesterday, I came home and popped the CD in my computer. While it installed, I decided to check out the forums for the game.
As I logged in, I saw post after post about issues with the install, not being able to connect to the games "server" for the Collector's edition downloads, people using their codes on the wrong site, freezing of the game making it unplayable and so on and so forth.
I figured this had to be everyone else's issues because nothing was going to go wrong for me.
I am rather gullible aren't I?
Thus began the 3 hours of trying to play the game.
Look, when its a stand alone, I expect to be able to play it with no issue. I am not worried about servers being down, why do I need one in the first place?
I alternately screamed and ranted at my PC as I sat on the "please wait" screen for an hour. AN HOUR.
For some reason I was begin taken straight into the EA login and not being able to circumvent it to just play the game.
I scoured the forums for ideas. They ranged form checking my ports to storming EA's offices.
I am not in tech support. If I pay 60 bucks for a game I have been waiting a couple of years for, I obviously want to play the blasted thing.
I finally got everything to work about 10 30 pm est last night.
Trying to ignore the tension headache pounding behind my eyeballs, I pressed play and FINALLY was able to import in my character from Mass Effect 1.
Let me just say, that Bioware worked very hard to get information on the issues out to people in a timely manner yesterday. The problems were fixed, and if you load it up today, you should have none of the mega errors I had. I'm just lucky that way >.<
The game is beautiful. I will admit to feeling a little nostalgic about seeing my character again. By porting her into this episode, I gained a perks, but honestly nothing game breaking.
The biggest upside to using my old saved games was that the decisions I have made in the first game impacted Mass Effect 2. Characters I had let die in part 1, are still dead in part 2. I had been a lvl 45 paragon vanguard, and I could follow the paragon storyline in part 2.
I really could write a long long long blog about my love for this game, but to be honest, I just want to get back to playing it!
If you haven't planned on playing it, and you love an RPG, please please please go out and get a copy.
If you haven't played through Mass Effect 1, what are you waiting for? While not a prerequisite for playing Mass Effect 2, it does make the story richer.
The game has been streamlined, has new additions, and the storyline so far has taken my breath away.
I am off to play. I can't resist any longer.